Frank Lampard delivers honest assessment of Chelsea
Frank Lampard rates Chelsea's season so far under Blues boss Antonio Conte
Frank Lampard has admitted that things are looking relatively positive for Chelsea this season, although they are facing more obstacles than last term.
The Blues won the Premier League title in style last season in Antonio Conte’s first campaign at the club as they were by far and away the top team in the top flight.
However, Chelsea did not have the distraction of European football last season as they were able to focus purely on domestic affairs under Conte.
This term, the west London side are also having to content with their Champions League bid, with Conte’s side having booked their place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition last week.
And former Blues midfielder Lampard believes that the fact that Chelsea did not have any European football last term, coupled with their injury-free run, helped them massively in Conte’s first campaign at the club.
Asked whether he thinks Chelsea fans will be happy with how their team is playing this season, Lampard told BT Sport: “I don’t know.
“They’re somewhere in between, I would say, because they were probably spoilt to a degree last year, when they were fantastic.
“The big issue was last year they didn’t have any European football and they hardly got any injuries, especially to their important players. They had a lot of continuity.
“They’ve been given different obstacles this year. But they’re not in a bad spot. They’re still in the Premier League and going OK.”
Chelsea will return to Premier League action on Wednesday night when they take on Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.
The west London side have won the Premier League title in two of the last three seasons.